2018 records third coldest start to April


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — We are 24 days into spring and it still feels like winter.

The chill and frequent snowfalls have been slow to leave West Michigan thanks to a stubborn storm track. 

Snow-covered Canada continues to have surplus of chilly air and a blocking pattern over Greenland has allowed that chilly air to frequently enter Michigan. 

This has been the coldest start to April we’ve seen in West Michigan in more than 30 years. 

So far this month, we have had an average temperature of 32.2 degrees. The coldest start to April was in 1982, when the average temperature was 29.7 degrees. We usually have an average temperature of 47 degrees this time of year with high temperatures usually near 56 degrees and lows near 36 degrees. 

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We have seen three inches of snow accumulate this April, which is above average for the month. Traces of snow were recorded falling for seven of the first 11 days. 

The cold will retreat temporarily due to a strong spring storm system. This drew in warm air for Thursday but will bring very cold air Monday and Tuesday. 

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